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by Iosif Andriasov

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Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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1. String Quartet, Op. 1: I.
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2. String Quartet, Op. 1: II.
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3. String Quartet, Op. 1: III.
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4. Spring" For 2 Violins, Viola, And Cello, Op. 32
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5. Piano Trio, Op. 7: I.
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6. Piano Trio, Op. 7: II.
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7. Piano Trio, Op. 7: III.
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Iosif Andriasov
String Quartet for Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
Opus 1, D Major

Iosif Andriasov composed his String Quartet in D major for two violins, viola, and cello, Opus 1, in 1954, while studying composition with Grigory Samuilovich Frid at the Music College of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. The Quartet, dedicated to his sister, Nelli Andriasian, was first performed by I. Popkov, I. Frolov (violins); unknown violist, and I. Koorkin (cello) at the Malyi Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1954. The Quartet is sincere, lively, joyous, effervescent, tender, and courageous, and at its premiere, stirred such stormy applause by enthusiastic listeners that the balcony floor of the concert hall shook so that people on duty ran from downstairs to the hall to see what was going on there.
The American premiere of the Quartet took place with Victor Lubotsky (Romasevich), (first violin), Leonid Fleishaker (second violin), Anatole Wieck (viola) and Roger Lowe (cello) in July of 1979 at the Manhattan jail in New York City. The prisoners, guards, and other personnel were fascinated by Mr. Andriasov’s music, and gave the Quartet a heartfelt reception.
In his young years, Iosif Andriasov was encouraged to pursue his interest in Armenian classical and folk music by his first composition teacher, Grant Aramovich Grigorian, and also by Mr. Frid. The Quartet is filled with melodic intonations and rhythms of Armenian folksongs and dances.
The Quartet consists of three movements. The first movement (Allegro, D major, 6/8 time) is in the sonata form. The cello states a cheerful, vigorous song-like main theme in D major over a pulsating accompaniment, and the first violin takes this up in turn. The second theme, played by the viola over the pizzicato chords in A minor, is in the style of a graceful Armenian folk dance. It is complemented with a melody in the first violin part, based on a chain of sorrowful descending motives. In the following section, both themes are developed. In the culmination that coincides with the recapitulation, the main theme sounds as a jubilant hymn. Then, the second theme returns, stated by the cello in D minor. Finally, the main theme reasserts itself at the energetic close.

The second movement (Lento, E minor, 4/4 time) is a lyrical-dramatic poem. It is written in the three-part form. It starts with an enchanting, dreamy theme stated in a two-voice setting (a melody in the viola and a counterpoint in the first violin). The middle section becomes fervent and poignant. A new melody, played by the cello on the background of expressive chords, is based on the lamenting motifs. Beautiful, tender music reveals the hero’s heart full of compassion towards people. The extensive symphonic development brings a dramatic culmination of the second movement. A sudden recapitulation occurs where the main theme returns played by the second violin (a melody) and by the viola (a counterpoint). Gradually, the movement fades away.

The third movement (Presto, D major, 6/8 time) is an impetuous brilliant finale. It is written in the rondo form. Vivacious folk dances (two main themes) alternate with lyrical and dramatic episodes (G minor and B minor, accordingly). Here Mr. Andriasov imitates the sounding of the traditional folk instruments, such as kamancha, zurna, and doole. In the coda, the main theme of the first movement comes back in G major. After a number of repetitions of its motives, the second theme of the first movement appears, played by the viola. Both themes of the first movement are employed in the dancing, joyful finale, uniting the composition in a single whole. In the end, the active scale runs lead to an optimistic conclusion.

The String Quartet Op. 1 by Iosif Andriasov is marked by exquisite treatment of folk material, deep understanding of string instruments (I. Andriasov was a violinist himself), melodic richness, expressiveness of harmonies, well-balanced form, and clear and transparent texture.

Duration: approximately 15 (fifteen) minutes.

Notes by musicologist Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova
© 2003 by Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova.

Copyright by IMMA Publishing Co.

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Volodja Balzalorsky (www.balzalorsky.net)

Beautiful Chamber Music Works: "Must have" for every chamber music CD collector
String Quartet Op.1: Poetry of joy and love, optimistic, sensible and lyrical in second movement, brilliant in the 3rd one; Spring (Op.32): Deep in declamation, poetic, expressive; Piano trio: Dramatical, sensitive, lyrical and brilliant in finale. Beautiful chamber music works! Highly recommended!
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